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Code-A-Drone for adults at MadFabLab

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MakoEducation’s Code-A-Drone workshop shows participants the power of coding in a fun and creative environment.

During this workshop, you will learn how to pilot a mini-drone using block-based coding and swift. After mastering how to take off, fly, turn, do stunts and land safely, you will be given a range of challenges that put these new skills to the test.

Participants will be provided with an iPad to write their code and a mini-drone to attempt the different challenges. No previous coding or drone flying experience is necessary.

We recommend that all participants are aged 16+

We are offering two types of tickets for this workshop so please ensure you are purchasing correctly:

Never-Drone-Alone: Share in the act of coding with our +1 tickets. You’ll get to share your mini-drone with a friend/loved one/bearable colleague 

Code-A-Drone-Alone: If you can’t bear the idea of sharing your mini-drone, this ticket will allow you to enjoy the activities all to yourself

Who is this course for?

No previous coding or drone flying experience is necessary.

Equipment you’ll need

All equipment will be provided on the day, you just need to bring yourself.

FAQs

I have accessibility needs, what kind of physical access do you have?

PLANT and the MadFabLab have full accessibility. Please get in touch if you have any questions regarding the space.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There are a number of options for getting to us by public transport.

PLANT NOMA, Redfern, Dantzic Street, NOMA, M60 0AE

By tram

The nearest tram stop is Shudehill, on the Bury–Altrincham and Rochdale–East Didsbury lines. For other lines, Piccadilly Gardens is the closest and we are just 5 minutes walk away from here.

By bus

The nearest local bus station is Shudehill/Thomas Street, for visitors coming from North Manchester. For other local buses, Manchester Piccadilly Bus Station is located just 5 minutes walk away. The nearest national bus station is the Shudehill Bus Interchange, although Chorlton Street Bus Station is 20 minutes walk away.

By train

MadFabLab is less than 15 minutes walk away from Manchester Piccadilly station and across the road from Manchester Victoria train station.

By air

From Manchester International Airport, there is a train station at Terminal 2 with regular trains to Manchester Piccadilly Train station which take approximately 35 minutes. Alternatively, taxis are available outside all terminals and will take roughly 30 minutes on a good day, costing around £25.

By car

If you are driving to reach us, there is limited on-street parking in the area. Within a minutes walk of the building there is also Miller Street Car Park and Total Car Parks LTD.

By bike

We are currently looking into installing secure bike parking.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email us on fab@madlab.org.uk

Phone us on 0161 839 6324

What’s the refund policy?

Please find MadLab’s Cancellation Policy on our website.

This course needs a minimum of 10 people to run. Why not sign up and encourage a friend to come too?

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2 hours
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£20

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PLANT NOMA, Redfern, Dantzic Street, NOMA, M60 0AE

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office@madlab.org.uk

0161 839 6324

Introduction to Vinyl Cutting: Vinyl Laptop Sticker at MadFabLab

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Want to get creative with vinyl cutting?

In this three hour workshop, you’ll learn the method of vinyl cutting from start to finish. Vinyl cutting is a process used to create signage of different sizes using sticky-backed vinyl and a computer controlled cutting blade. Using Inkscape to create your design, you’ll learn how to prepare and cut vinyl, followed by carefully transferring to your chosen surface.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for all abilities, and we welcome beginners with no previous experience of vinyl cutting and designing.

Equipment you’ll need

No equipment required. All other materials and equipment will be provided on the day. If you would like to stick you vinyl sticker on your laptop (or other item) right away, bring it along!

What will you learn?

Basics of vinyl cutting

How to create a simple shape in Inkscape, a free, open-source graphics editor

Practical tips for use of a vinyl cutter

Hands-on transferring vinyl

FAQs

I have accessibility needs, what kind of physical access do you have?

PLANT and the MadFabLab have full accessibility. Please get in touch if you have any questions regarding the space.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There are a number of options for getting to us by public transport.

PLANT NOMA, Redfern, Dantzic Street, NOMA, M60 0AE

By tram

The nearest tram stop is Shudehill, on the Bury–Altrincham and Rochdale–East Didsbury lines. For other lines, Piccadilly Gardens is the closest and we are just 5 minutes walk away from here.

By bus

The nearest local bus station is Shudehill/Thomas Street, for visitors coming from North Manchester. For other local buses, Manchester Piccadilly Bus Station is located just 5 minutes walk away. The nearest national bus station is the Shudehill Bus Interchange, although Chorlton Street Bus Station is 20 minutes walk away.

By train

MadFabLab is less than 15 minutes walk away from Manchester Piccadilly station and across the road from Manchester Victoria train station.

By air

From Manchester International Airport, there is a train station at Terminal 2 with regular trains to Manchester Piccadilly Train station which take approximately 35 minutes. Alternatively, taxis are available outside all terminals and will take roughly 30 minutes on a good day, costing around £25.

By car

If you are driving to reach us, there is limited on-street parking in the area. Within a minutes walk of the building there is also Miller Street Car Park and Total Car Parks LTD.

By bike

We are currently looking into installing secure bike parking.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email us on fab@madlab.org.uk.

What’s the refund policy?

Please find MadLab’s Cancellation Policy on our website.

This course needs a minimum of 10 people to run. Why not sign up and encourage a friend to come too?

About MadFabLab

MadFabLab is an open-access workshop for Manchester’s hackers, makers, and tinkerers – whether actively curious, seasoned anti-disciplinarian, or any/all points in between – providing shared tools and space to create amazing new things, play and experiment with new technology, and meet and collaborate with others.

Booking your place

For your convenience, we offer a number of ways to book:

Book via Eventbrite - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-vinyl-cutting-vinyl-laptop-sticker-at-madfablab-tickets-44914120343

Invoice or PayPal – by phoning 0161 839 6324 or emailing fab@madlab.org.uk

Chris Ball has worked on projects from small musical instruments to large scale interactive sculptures. He has a degree in Audio Technology, and specialises in sound and light. He has several years experience working with Arduino and associated electronics

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3 hours
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£30

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PLANT NOMA, Redfern, Dantzic Street, NOMA, M60 0AE

Contact: 

office@madlab.org.uk

0161 839 6324

Weaving Basics - an introductory course + a loom

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On this intensive one day course you will be guided through setting up and using a small rigid heddle loom to create your own fabrics.

A rigid heddle loom is an effective way to learn how to weave and the skills and techniques you learn are all transferable to other types of looms.

The loom you will use on this course has been designed and made in our workshop by course leader Toni Buckby and is yours to take home. www.tonibuckby.com

Materials and additional equipment will be provided.
This course is suitable for all abilities.

Tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/weaving-basics-an-introductory-course-a-loom-tickets-44221848740

Enquires: jake@access-space.org
Sunday 22nd April 1pm-6pm at Access Space, 3-7 Sidney St, Sheffield S1 4RG Tel:0114 2495522
Free tea, coffee & nibbles all day.

www.access-space.org

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1pm-6pm,Sunday 22April 2018
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£70

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Access Space

Unit 1, AVEC Building

3-7 Sidney St

Sheffield

S1 4RG

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Jake Harries

Intermediate WordPress

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This is a two-day course, which runs from Thursday 15th to Friday 16th of November. Starts 10:00am and finishes 4:30pm both days.

To reserve you space, follow our Eventbrite link here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/intermediate-wordpress-tickets-44252015971

Take your WordPress site to the next level!

Over the course of two days you’ll dig deep into theme customisation and learn how to make your site work perfectly on mobile devices. You’ll begin to unleash the full potential of the platform: from search engine optimisation (SEO) to security, caching to e-commerce.

Who is this course for?

The course is aimed at those who’ve already got to grips with WordPress. You don’t need any programming experience, but a little CSS knowledge is useful. If you want to work on an existing WordPress site you are more than welcome, but we will provide a pre-installed site for up to a month for all attendees.

Are you a beginner? Try our Build your first website with WordPress course! Or already an old hand? Try our Advanced WordPress course!

Course Syllabus

This course starts at 10:00am and finishes at 4:30pm. Lunch is served at 12:30pm.

Day one

  1. Introduction To WordPress: What is WordPress? A little history
  2. Recap of the WordPress basics: Posts, pages and all that jazz
  3. Settings in depth: More ways to configure your site
  4. Advanced posts and pages: Featured images, the kitchen sink, paging and more
  5. Exercise: Getting to grips with the WordPress Editor
  6. The Image Editor: Make your own thumbnails
  7. Themes, Widgets and Menus in depth: Learning the building blocks
  8. CSS introduction: An overview and some useful tools
  9. Pulling it all together: Improving the look of your site
  10. Exercise: Customising your theme with CSS

Day two

  1. Security: Hosting, plugins and good habits
  2. Caching: Make your site fly!
  3. Exercise: Security and caching plugins
  4. SEO – an overview: The strange art of Search Engine Optimisation
  5. Anti-spam techniques: Akismet and beyond
  6. Jetpack in depth: Juicy goodness form WordPress.com
  7. Exercise: Getting to know Jetpack
  8. E-commerce – an overview: An intro to selling your stuff
  9. More useful tools and plugins
  10. Question and Answer session with Mike

Please note: This course does not teach WordPress development (PHP coding).

Equipment you’ll need:

  • Laptop computer with Windows, Linux or OS X installed
  • Web browser: the latest version of Firefox or Google Chrome
  • Sample images that you will be able to upload to your website as the course progresses.
  • An external mouse if you prefer using one.

If you don’t have access to a computer please let us know in advance of the course so we can arrange one for you.

Cost

The course is £300 (inclusive of VAT). This covers:

  • Two days tuition
  • Lunch and refreshments on both days
  • An electronic copy of the teaching materials
  • One month’s free hosting, to test and refine your site (you’re welcome to work on your own site if you prefer)

We have a limited number of bursary places available on this course for a reduced rate of £220. These are open to people who are underemployed, unemployed or full-time students. Please contact us (details below) for more information.

Your Tutor

Mike is the co-founder of WordPress. He’s also the founder and CEO of WordPress consultancy zed1.com, has a portfolio including prominent government sites, is a published author, technical editor and member of the Usability Professionals Association… but let’s face it, we had you at ‘co-founder of WordPress’.

Duration: 
Two days
Price: 
£313.19

Host & Provider:

Address: 

36-40 Edge Street 
Manchester 
M4 1HN 

Contact: 

office@madlab.org.uk

Build your first website with WordPress

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This is a two-day course, which runs from Thursday 18th to Friday 19th of October. Starts 10:00am and finishes 4:30pm both days.

To reserve you space, follow our Eventbrite link here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/build-your-first-website-with-wordpress-tickets-44216733440

If you’ve never had a website or blog, or never been happy with the one you have, start here.

Over two days you’ll learn everything you need:

  • planning and setting up a site
  • publishing contentgetting a polished look with themes
  • adding functionality with plugins
  • how to make conversations with your readers effortless

WordPress is the publishing platform of choice for more than 73 million websites and blogs – including some of the most high-profile sites in the world. It’s quick to install, and simple to get started on, with little configuration and setup. But, as an incredibly powerful web publishing platform, it takes some knowledge to truly get the best out of it.

This course will give you a great start. Over two days Mike will guide you through installing WordPress, adding content (including multimedia), and interacting with your readers, as well as beginning to customise the look and enhance the functionality of your site.

The course includes a month’s free hosting for your site so you can practice your skills. After completing the course, you’ll have a website, and you’ll know how to look after it.

Who is this for?

Total beginners, no prior knowledge required. This class is ideal for someone who wants to set up their first website, whether you have heard of WordPress or not. If you have heard about blogging and want to start your own blog, this course will get you started.

If you have a small business, or are involved with a charity, or social enterprise (for example a scout group or a local church) this course will be ideal for you. You might be a freelance journalist wanting to show off some of your writing, an acupuncturist hoping to attract more clients, or a gardener finding small ads in the free paper less and less effective. You may have already tried to set up WordPress but got lost in the technical stuff. This course will set you back on the right track.

Course syllabus

Day one

  1. Introduction To WordPress: What is WordPress? A little history
  2. Installing WordPress: Demonstration
  3. Anatomy of a website: Headers, footers and sidebars
  4. Exercise: Sketch your site layout
  5. The WordPress Dashboard: Logging in and looking around
  6. Content types: Posts, pages and more
  7. Publishing your first content: It’s that easy!
  8. Exercise: Adding content to your site
  9. The look of your site
  10. Exercise: Changing things around

Day two

  1. Settings: Configuring WordPress just how you want it
  2. Comments: Engaging with your readers
  3. Exercise: Commenting and moderation
  4. Plugins: Playing with plugins
  5. Exercise: Logging in and looking around
  6. Installing themes
  7. Exercise: Trying some themes
  8. Multiple users: Let someone else do some work
  9. Exercise: Co-authoring, editing, and workflow
  10. Free for all, Q&A, show & tell

Equipment you’ll need:

Please bring a laptop computer with Windows, Linux or OS X installed. You will not need to install any software, but you should have a modern web browser. Our preference is the latest version of Firefox or Google Chrome, but the latest Internet Explorer or Opera will be fine too. If you don’t have access to a computer please let us know in advance of the course so we can arrange one for you. If you feel more comfortable using an external mouse, please bring one too.

You may want to bring some sample images that you will be able to upload to your website as you follow along on the course.

Costs

The full course costs £300 (inclusive of VAT). This covers

  • two days tuition
  • lunch and refreshments on both days
  • an electronic copy of the teaching materials
  • one month’s free hosting courtesy of MadLab, to test and refine your site

We have a limited number of bursary places available on this course for a reduced rate of £220 (inclusive of VAT). These are open to people who are self employed (and on low income), unemployed or full time students. Please contact us on 0161 839 6324 or via email (office@madlab.org.uk) to book your place.

Mike Little is the co-founder of WordPress. He’s also the founder and CEO of WordPress consultancy zed1.com, has a portfolio including prominent government sites, is a published author, technical editor and member of the Usability Professionals Association… but let’s face it, we had you at ‘co-founder of WordPress’.

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2 days
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Upon Request

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Address: 

36-40 Edge Street 
Manchester 
M4 1HN 

Advanced WordPress

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This is a two-day course, which runs from Thursday 13th to Friday 14th of September. Starts 10:00am and finishes 4:30pm both days.

If WordPress is your business – as a developer, power-user, or marketing pro – this is the course for you.

Over two days Mike will teach you advanced techniques that will give you a competitive edge. You’ll learn insider tips and tricks for managing sites, both for yourself and your clients: from customising your admin screens to e-commerce via event management, building membership sites, utilising the power of child themes, and picking the perfect production and marketing tools.

Who is this course for?

The course is aimed at those who’ve already got to grips with the WordPress CMS. You’ll need to have some programming know-how, but in-depth expertise isn’t essential, however, a little CSS knowledge and how to use a text editor and an FTP program is desirable.

This advanced course is ideal for those who are already comfortable building WordPress sites but are looking to work in the field professionally – perhaps wanting to make a living building or creating more sophisticated WordPress sites. It will also benefit marketing and promotional companies looking to take their clients’ sites further, as well as those who want to bring their website creation and maintenance in-house.

Sounds a bit scary? Take a look at our Intermediate or Build your first website with WordPress courses instead.

Course Syllabus

This course starts at 10:00am and finishes at 4:30pm. Lunch is served at 12:30pm.

Day one

Introduction

Overview of theme: Theme frameworks, child themes, and vertical themes

Advanced theming: Anatomy of a child theme

Exercise: Let’s create a child theme

Functions.php: Media sizes and some useful snippets of PHP code

Exercise: Beefing up Twenty Eleven

E-commerce in depth: Eshop and WooCommerce

Event Management: Events, calendars and tickets

Advanced content plugins: Types and views

Day two

Multiple users in depth: Adding workflow and responsibilities

Multi-site and BuddyPress: Building a community or social network

Third-party authentication: Logging-in with Facebook and Twitter

Building a membership site: Overview and some useful plugins

Production tools: Branding the admin screens

Marketing tools: Stats, mailing lists, and more

Enhancing the admin for your clients: Some useful tools and plugins

Free for all, Q&A, show & tell

Please note: This course does not teach WordPress development (PHP coding). There is a small amount of copy and paste PHP in the child theme module.

Equipment you’ll need:

Laptop computer with Windows, Linux or OS X installed.

Web browser: our preference is the latest version of Firefox or Google Chrome, but the latest Internet Explorer or Opera will be fine too.

Text editor (see below)

FTP client: we suggest FileZilla

You may also wish to consider bringing:

Sample images that you will be able to upload to your website as the course progresses.

An external mouse if you prefer using one.

We suggest these text editors:

Windows: Notepad++ (free), EditPad Lite (free)
OSX: Text Wrangler (free), Textmate (£), Coda (££), Espresso (££)
Linux: Bluefish (free), KompoZer (free)

If you don’t have access to a computer please let us know in advance of the course so we can arrange one for you. 

Cost

The course is £400 (inclusive of VAT). This covers:

Two days tuition

Lunch and refreshments on both days

An electronic copy of the teaching materials

One month’s free hosting, to test and refine your site

Booking your place

For your convenience, we offer a number of ways to book:

 Book via Eventbrite

 Invoice or PayPal – by phoning 0161 839 6324 or emailing office@madlab.org.uk

 Payment by cheque – made out to MadLab CIC, and sent to MadLab 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN

We also accept card payments in person

Please find MadLab’s Cancellation Policy on our website

Your Tutor

Mike is the co-founder of WordPress. He’s also the founder and CEO of WordPress consultancy zed1.com, has a portfolio including prominent government sites, is a published author, technical editor and member of the Usability Professionals Association… but let’s face it, we had you at ‘co-founder of WordPress’.

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Duration: 
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https://madlab.org.uk/courses/advanced-wordpress-5/

36-40 Edge Street 
Manchester 
M4 1HN 

Contact: 

office@madlab.org.uk

https://madlab.org.uk/courses/advanced-wordpress-5/

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